USU Extenstion teaching local Latino population financial literacy

A new survey shows the majority of Hispanic-Americans have a sense of optimism about their finances, but also believe racism and crime are getting worse. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Utah State University’s extension service is unique and one reason for that is that it works for and receives funding from federal, state and county governments. A review of the services offered by the extension was presented at the Cache County Council meeting this week by Adrie Roberts, department head and Family and Consumer Sciences agent.

Roberts said she is grateful for grant money she has received to provide finance classes to the local Latino population.

“This is a great opportunity for us to teach members of the Latino community who are Spanish speakers basic financial information,” Roberts told the council. “In their culture they are very distrusting of the United States banking system, not because we’re bad but because of the countries they come from are not very trustworthy. So this is a grant that will be for three years.”

Roberts said the number of Latinos in Cache County continues to grow and it is believed that the type of classes offered by USU Extension can go a long way to prevent problems from happening later on.

Interestingly, she said, whenever a Gardener’s Market is held on the Cache County Courthouse grounds the number of people enrolling in classes goes up dramatically.

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